Optional. If necessary, click Modify | Place Rebar tab Family panel Load Shapes to load additional rebar shapes.
In either the Rebar Shape Selector on the Options Bar or the Rebar Shape Browser, select the desired rebar shape.
Placing planar rebar
Click one of the following placement orientations from Modify | Place Rebar tabPlacement Orientation panel
Parallel to Work Plane
Parallel to Cover
Perpendicular to Cover
The orientation defines how the rebar is aligned when placed in the host.
Placing multiplanar rebar
Click one of the following placement perspectives from Modify | Place Rebar tabPlacement Perspective panel
The perspective defines which side of the multiplanar rebar family is parallel to the work plane.
If you place standard style rebar adjacent to stirrup/tie style rebar, the standard bar will snap along the edge of the stirrup/tie bar. This includes the straight edges as well as the fillets and hooks of the stirrup/tie rebar. See Fillet and Hook References.
Click to place the rebar in the host. If necessary, press the Spacebar during placement to rotate the orientation of the rebar shape within the cover reference. Orientation can be shifted after placement by selecting the rebar and using the Spacebar similarly.
Rebar lengths default to the length of the host element or to other host elements within the constraints of the cover reference. To edit lengths, change to either a plan or an elevation view, select the rebar instance and revise the endpoints as needed.
Optional. You can then apply various predefined hooks to the ends of your rebar shape. See Rebar Hooks.
Perpendicular rebar placed in column
Rebar in a beam
NoteTo rehost a rebar shape, select it and click Modify | Structural Rebar tabHost panel Pick New Host. Then select a new rebar host.
mikeSun Nov 4, 2012 4:12 pmIt appears that in sections, at least, in order to place rebar the section must have a valid work plane set. In other words, rebar can't be placed using a section view with no associated work plane.
The section is the default work plane when placing rebar. You must choose the correct rebar placement tool (Parallel to Work Plane, Parallel to Cover, or Perpendicular to Cover) to orient the rebar in the view.